Our world is a dynamic, complex place. Gaining oversight and insight into a situation is often the first step towards a good solution. System maps do this by visually mapping relations of the 'system' that we're a part of. While often useful, system mapping is practically required when trying to work on circular economy, supply chain optimization, and other energy- and material flow-related challenges. System maps allow you to grasp complicated industries, networks, policies, or urban developments at a glance.

System maps, when developed in co-creation, can also deliver significant advantages for working groups’ decision-making processes, stakeholder involvement, and higher management decision-making. Maps can be created quickly, as an exploration exercise, or be part of a comprehensive research, analysis, and strategy trajectory. Maps can also be used as a communication device between stakeholders or designed for the public.

Except uses a wide variety of methods and tools to develop the right system map for the task at hand. Here are some examples:

For business

System maps allow you to see where the largest costs and impacts of your products and services lie. As such, the map gives you a strategic oversight of your entire operations at a glance, as well as allow you to include stakeholders and make long-term improvement plans.

System maps allow you to find key strategic leverage, by yourself or with a group. Rather than wading through thick reports, one single image can provide you the insight you need.

For cities & communities

System maps can show you how energy, material, people and financial streams flow through your city. They allow strategic insight into where the most effective measures can be taken to improve local conditions, create circularity, save money, and involve the community.

System maps also create an opportunity to collaboratively work with stakeholders in the community, and as a support for group decision-making.

For industry

System maps allow the mapping of the effects of your industry within society, supporting you in maximizing your positive impact. They form the basis for smart strategies such as industrial symbiosis, co-generation, and supply chain optimization.

With a system map, you can also work with a team to further the understanding of your industry and find key leverage points for improvement.

For policy

Mapping the effects of a policy and societal dynamics brings deep understanding of the effectiveness of policy, and creates insight into where policy could have the highest priority.

When using system maps in joint stakeholder processes, an overview is made available to all participants, allowing easier communication and faster decision-making trajectories.

Custom map development

A good system map brings clarity, understanding, and oversight, so that you know how to move forward. Each situation warrants its own approach to system mapping. By having experienced scientists, analysts, and visual designers work together, we've been making insightful and powerful system maps for a decade. Take a look at the examples in our portfolio.

We work with you in a step-by-step process to determine what map, scope, and level of complexity is right for you.whether We also decided together on whether to do this in a co-creation or a hands-off process.

Do you want to know how system maps can shine a light on your situation? We're happy to talk to you about it. Send us an email or give us a call.

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